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The Shepherd Struck, the Flock Scattered

‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
    against the man who is my associate,’
says the Lord of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
    I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, says the Lord,
    two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
    and one-third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
    refine them as one refines silver,
    and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
    and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’

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